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Presidential Race
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Sat March 24, 2012

Obama's The Topic, Louisiana Is GOP's Next Goal

Originally published on Sat March 24, 2012 9:41 am

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Middle East
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Sat March 24, 2012

'Unfinished Revolutions' Churn In Middle East

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Afghanistan
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Sat March 24, 2012

Line Of Defense: Arguments In Afghan Attack Case

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon. Murder charges have been filed against the U.S. Army Sergeant accused of killing 17 Afghan men, women and children. Now, an investigative officer will decide whether there's enough evidence to go forward with a court martial. NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, walks us through the legal challenges ahead for the defense and the prosecution.

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Around the Nation
7:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

New Prosecutor In Fla. Shooting Case; Protests Spread

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Outrage over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin spread across the country this week following the release of the recordings of 911 calls. Trayvon Martin was unarmed. He'd gone out to purchase candy. Thousands of people protested this week, donning hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, who was wearing one when he was shot. Many called for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who says he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

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Presidential Race
7:00 am
Sat March 24, 2012

GOP Primary Season: Helpful Or Harmfully Long?

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Be careful what you wish for. After John McCain so quickly clinched the Republican presidential nomination the last time around, the party changed its rules with an eye to extending their primary season, reaping public interest for months like the long Democratic primary season of 2008. You might wonder how they feel about that now. John McCain himself has dubbed this campaign the nastiest he's ever seen - akin to watching a Greek tragedy.

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